Rather than introducing a new activity for the day, Sophia concentrated on practicing the Christmas songs she is planning on playing this Friday and the 23rd at the nursing home as well as for the church services on the 22nd. There are about 16 songs for the nursing home and five for the church services.
Olivia spent the morning taking notes about dog sledding which she will be doing in February thanks to a grant from the Ann Bancroft Foundation. She also went to school for the afternoon for help in reading, math, and speech. After that she had her weekly drawing class which she enjoyed.
We read two books today: Trouble with Trolls and The Wild Christmas Reindeer.
Both books were written and illustrated by Jan Brett who the girls and I like. Her illustrations are lovely and so detailed.
The images around the borders of the pages are equally as interesting as the main image on each page.
Luke 1:34-35 - Mary said to the angel, “But how? I’ve never slept with a man.”
The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, the power of the Highest hover over you; Therefore, the child you bring to birth will be called Holy, Son of God."
Why does Santa always go down the chimney?
Antique Santa at the Folsom House in Taylors Falls.
It was one of many Christmas decorations around the home.
(Because it soots him!)
We learned about why candy canes are red and white:
About 1847, August Imgard of Ohio managed to decorate his Christmas tree with candy canes to entertain his nephews and nieces. Many who saw his canes went home to boil sugar and experiment with canes of their own.
At this point, candy canes did not have red coloration or striping — the red stripes were a feature that did not appear until a nearly another half century later, at the beginning of the 20th century.
Christmas cards produced before 1900 show plain white canes, while striped ones appear on many cards printed early in the 20th century.